Study Abroad in Germany


Studying Abroad can provide terrific opportunities to improve and solidify your language skills, broaden your cultural understandings and spark your involvement as a global citizen. The experiences gained through time abroad will be life-changing, look great on a resume, and create great memories to look back on!

The Gustavus Study Abroad office is located in the Center for International and Cultural Education ( Gustavus sponsors programs around the world and will help you in every step of your journey abroad. Programs in German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland predominately) can be found by searching through the database ( The CICE will help to guide you through the application process, requesting financial aid, and working to transfer classes back to Gustavus (yes, even towards your majors here!).

 2015 JTerm with Frau Branstad 2016 JTerm with Frau Branstad in Bremen


Gustavus is continually writing new January Interim courses and trips, while sponsoring courses from other study abroad programs. Check the course catalog to be sure which courses are being offered. More information about the courses offered by the Upper Midwest Association for International Education (UMAIE) can be found in the CICE office. The courses for 2017 are:

Faith, Love, and Music in Germany: Exploring Vocation in the Footsteps of Luther, Bach, and Bonhoeffer (Gustavus-offered) visiting Berlin, Erfurt, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Weimar and Wittenberg, Germany.

Berlin Yesterday and Today: From the Third Reich to German Unity (Gustavus-sponsored, through UMAIE, course code 4801) visiting Berlin and Weimar, Germany.

Eastern Europe: Cultural Trauma, Communication and the Camera (Gustavus-sponsored, through UMAIE, course code 4783) visiting Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany.

The Chemistry of Brewing in Belgium and Germany (Gustavus-sponsored, through UMAIE, course code 4796) visiting Munich, Germany.



IES ABROAD offers programs around the world, including Germany and Austria. They are very dedicated to making the process as easy as possible for you, are academically excellent, and offer opportunities for scholarship and finanical aid. They offer internships that can boost your resume and consider alumi for jobs after college. Their programs reside in Berlin, Germany (Language & Area Studies; Metropolitan Studies; International Affairs & Security Studies), Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (Environmental Studies & Sustainability; Language & Area Studies), and Vienna, Austria (European Society & Culture; Music). The European Union program has a home base in Freiburg im Breisgau, but travels around the European Union. More programs and information can be found at 

HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY offers the American Junior Year in Heidelberg, Germany. The program includes an American fall semester (September - December), an extended fall semester (September - February), and a spring semester (March - July). Students study at Germany's oldest university - Ruprecht-Karls-Universit√§t. More information can be found at

CIEE offers programs around the world, including Berlin. Gustavus sponsors the following programs: Business and Culture Program in Berlin; Global Institute: Berlin Summer, Global Institute: Berlin Open Campus; Global Sustainability & Environment. More information can be found at